El Centro – As the officers were walking up to the house, the front door opened slightly and someone inside the house stuck a rifle barrel out, pointing it at the approaching officers. The officers retreated, took cover and called for additional resources.
On September 26, 2013, at 8:32 AM, two officers from the El Centro Police Department arrived at a house in the 100 block of West Holt to investigate a 9-1-1 hang-up. Moments earlier, the police dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call from the residence. No one was on the line and then the phone was hung up.
“Initially, officers used the public address system in a patrol car to call out to whoever was inside, asking them to surrender. Once a trained negotiator arrived we were able to make phone calls into the house and talk to the occupant. With help from a friend of the occupant, the negotiator convinced 20 year old Jocelyn Salas to come out and she was taken into custody”, said Commander Jeff Mason. Salas was arrested at 9:38 AM.
Officers searched the house once Salas was in custody. No one else was found inside. The rifle she had pointed at the officers was found to be a BB gun. It was taken as evidence.
Salas was booked into the Imperial County Jail on charges of brandishing a firearm at a peace officer and delaying or obstruction a peace officer. Her bail was set at $1,500.00.
“This event could have easily turned to a tragedy. Thankfully no one was injured”, said Mason.